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Buffalo Bills News - July 7, 2003

Marker Inside Dish: Ravens have reason to be good right now [11:22 AM]
The Sporting News reports: The happiest unit in the NFL heading into training camp may be Buffalo's LBs. The Bills have two monstrous DTs -- Sam Adams and Pat Williams -- who should eat up space and command some double-teams. That should allow the LBs to fly to the ball without having to get off blocks. The key for Adams is to be in reasonable physical shape. His lack of conditioning cost him a job in Oakland.

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July 6, 2003

Marker Q&A with Peerless Price [5:05 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: PFW: How close were you with Moulds?
Price: We were close. We were friends. We were real good friends. During the process, he was just like, ‘Do what’s best for you and your family. I want you here, but …’ I told him basically what Buffalo had offered and then what the Falcons had offered, and he told me it was a no-brainer, even though he wanted me to stay.

July 4, 2003

Marker Posey Looks to Create More Sacks, Turnovers [9:20 AM] reports: "I was talking to my wife about going back for the Super Bowl the other day," Posey said. "We were kidding about how much fun it would be to return to Houston with the Bills for the big game. I told her, 'How great would that be if the Buffalo Bills went back down to where I got to play my first game as a Houston Texan?' That would be something special for me."

Marker Seat repairs at stadium stir debate about cost [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to the Department of Public Works, more than a fifth of the 7,500 heated seats along the sidelines of Ralph Wilson Stadium are broken.'

Marker Bills buy magazine [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'Former Bills Steve Tasker and Fred Smerlas will continue as columnists for the publication. The first issue will be available before training camp opens on July 23.'

Marker Pats sign Conaty [5:34 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'This acquisition won’t make waves among league executives, but is was an expensive move for the Patriots and it helped them upgrade a position of need.'

Marker Patriots sign former Delawarean [5:33 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: '"I'm looking forward to competing for a job with the Patriots," the younger Conaty said. "It's a wonderful opportunity. I know firsthand how good they are from playing against them the last six years."'

July 3, 2003

Marker Conaty should add depth to Pats O-line [9:28 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Until just recently, it appeared that Conaty would re-sign with the Bills, and resume his spot as backup center. The Bills opted, however, to rely on younger players to take over the reserve center role and apprised Conaty to explore other options.'

Marker Pats sign Buffalo veteran Conaty [9:12 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The New England Patriots signed center Bill Conaty, formerly of the Buffalo Bills, on Thursday to provide offensive line depth.'

Marker Patriots sign center Conaty [3:36 PM]
AP reports: 'Conaty spent six seasons with the Buffalo Bills, where he started 18 of 67 games. He started every game in 2001, but none last year.'

Marker Patriots sign C Bill Conaty [2:14 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Conaty, 30, spent his first six seasons with the Buffalo Bills, and started all 16 games at center in 2001. Last year, he appeared in 11 games but did not start.'

Marker Pats sign FA Conaty [1:24 PM] reports: 'Conaty spent all of his six NFL seasons in Buffalo, primarily as a backup. The 30-year-old former Virginia Tech All-American started 18 of his 67 career games, all but one at center. He started all 16 games for the Bills in 2001 but lost his job last year to free agent acquisition Trey Teague. Conaty played in 11 games for the Bills in 2002, mostly appearing on special teams.'

Marker 2 sue ex-football player in accident [9:05 AM]
Fresno Bee reports: 'The crime is a felony, but under a plea deal with the District Attorney's Office, it will be reduced to a misdemeanor if Wright is not arrested on any other charges within a year. After the year is up, Wright, a seventh-round draft pick of the National Football League's Buffalo Bills, is expected to be placed on probation for three years.'

Marker For 150 kids, Bills football camp offers a chance to shine and have fun [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For four hours, about 150 children from Buffalo and Rochester Salvation Army programs had an opportunity to practice with all-star Bills guard Ruben Brown. Brown led the troops through a tour of the stadium, including stops in the locker and weight rooms, then out onto the field for drills.'

Marker Ex-Bills Thomas, Kelly get in gear with racing teams [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Former running back Thurman Thomas recently announced the creation of Thurman Thomas Racing, which will begin competing in the American Speed Association later this summer. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is in his first season as a co-owner of a NASCAR Busch Series team.'

July 2, 2003

Marker Bills Digest To Debut Later This Month [6:17 PM] reports: American Sports Media, Curtis Publishing and the Buffalo Bills announced that they have combined efforts to create a new publication, Bills Digest, which will premiere at training camp in late July. American Sports Media produced the publication formerly known as SHOUT! Magazine.

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Roosevelt Leaks [1:39 PM] reports: Granted, it's a stretch, but is there a chance that there may have been a sign outside of Rich Stadium in 1980? - Help Wanted, experienced preferred. See Chuck Knox. That season, Buffalo's head coach brought in several NFL veterans including guard Conrad Dobler, linebacker Phil Villapiano, free safety Bill Simpson, wide receiver Ron Jessie and fullback Roosevelt Leaks.

Marker 2003 Gameday Promotions [1:15 PM] reports: August 23 - St. Louis Rams Bring the entire family and enjoy Buffalo Bills Kids Day! The first 10,000 kids 14 and under will receive a Buffalo Bills sports watch courtesy of WKBW and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York. There will be tons of entertainment to keep the kids busy including interactive games, Billy Buffalo, and a fantastic fireworks display following the game!

Marker McGahee: Rehab on schedule [5:30 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'When the Bills drafted McGahee, team officials said he likely will open the season on the physically unable to perform list. Such a move would allow McGahee to continue to rehab while leaving open the possibility of activating him between Weeks 10-14. "It's a secret," McGahee said of when he will debut. "Everyone's just going to have to wait and see."'

Marker Predicting how each NFL team will finish this season [5:29 AM]
The War Room reports: Outlook: Miami has improved an already excellent defense by adding linebacker Junior Seau, safety Sammy Knight and tackle Jeff Zgonina. New England added pass-rushing linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, but there are concerns about the running game. Buffalo has improved its defense, but Josh Reed must prove he's a capable No. 2 receiver. The Jets lost too many key players.

July 1, 2003

Marker Divine intervention [4:53 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Could Frank Reich really have been a fine, admirable human being worthy of God's favor on Jan. 3, 1993, day of the 35-3 comeback, and then have become a despicable person deserving of divine retribution by Jan. 31, 1993, day of Reich's embarrassment in the Super Bowl? It seems a lot more likely he just had a really good outing in one game and a really bad outing in another.'

Marker New Bills' fan publication heading to print [4:50 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The first issue is expected to go to print in time for the start of training camp in late July.'

Marker Dean Cain: Simply a Superhero [11:18 AM] reports: 'As Cain became famous, his former coach Marv Levy came up with one of his best-ever lines. One week, the Bills were getting ready to face an opponent that someone in the media had called a "superteam." "How many of you remember Dean Cain?" Levy asked his players in the locker room. A few guys raised their hands. "Well," Levy said, "we CUT Superman!"'

Marker Wire Participates In NFL Rookie Symposium [9:09 AM] reports: Bills safety Coy Wire is among the veteran players and coaches participating in this year's NFL Rookie Symposium June 29 - July 2 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Wire, a third round pick by the Bills in 2002, took part in a panel discussion called "Life as a Rookie," which was moderated by Merrell Hoge.

June 30, 2003

Marker New Bills Wallpaper [3:22 PM] reports: Show your pride by putting the Bills on your computer's desktop. Multiple styles are available, including a new patriotic look and one featuring the new AstroPlay.

Marker Parking rate raised to $15 [12:35 PM] reports: Without a press release or fanfare One Bills Drive has raised the rate to park at Buffalo Bills controlled lots to $15 from $10. Cars $15.00 (Drive 1-Drive 7)

Marker Sam Gash chuckles when pondering how life goes in circles. [12:32 PM]
CBS reports: At 34, Gash is confident he still has some bruising blocks left in him. He replaces pass-catching fullback Larry Centers and is a clear signal that the Bills want to run the ball better and control the clock after getting into far too many shootouts in 2002.

"I think it attracted me here," he said of the philosophical change. "I said, 'If that's what you want, I can do it.' I've always prided myself on being one of the tough guys out there and enjoying the contact, and in the power running game, that's what it's all about."

Marker These 10 unheralded moves could supply just the boost a team needs [10:07 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: * Dick LeBeau to Buffalo — Most people overlook the fact that the Bills not only brought in Takeo Spikes, Jeff Posey and Sam Adams, but they also snagged LeBeau, a defensive mastermind, to be an assistant coach and help still-somewhat-green DC Jerry Gray devise a perfect defense. LeBeau's influence should pay dividends, especially in the secondary, where the Bills have a handful of younger guys looking for a boost over the hump. It may not be as obvious, but LeBeau's presence could make all the difference for this defense.

Marker One year later, Portis is a believer [9:12 AM]
ESPN reports: Portis is part of a panel moderated by former NFL fullback and current ESPN analyst Merril Hoge, and which includes second-year veterans Antwaan Randle El (Pittsburgh), Coy Wire (Buffalo) and Scott Fujita.
Note: Article date is wrong - actually published on June 29

Marker Cornerback giving back [5:29 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '``For me to come back here and work with some of the kids in my hometown was long overdue,'' Winfield said. ``I think it's very important to give these talented kids a chance to meet someone who played on the same fields as they did. I'm hoping that they can look at me and see that if you work hard, you can be successful, not only on the football field, but in life.'''

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